# Can Calc use Math to show Formulas?

When I edit a formula in Writer it shows the equation graphically in the document, which helps to identify errors.

When I edit the same equation in Calc it shows the operators and cell references like this:

```
=(1+C$3*$B10)*(1-C$5*$B10)/SQRT((1+C$4*$B10)^3*(1-C$6*$B10-C$7*$B10^2))
```

It is not so easy to spot errors in this. It would be useful if Calc were able to display the formula graphically in equation form like Writer does.

The page www.libreoffice.org/discover/math/ says "Math is LibreOffice's formula editor, and can be invoked in your text documents, spreadsheets, presentations and drawings, " and I know that Math can be linked into Calc to enter graphical formulas into the sheet as illustrations rather than working equations.

Can Math be used to graphically display a formula already entered into a Calc cell?

No, the Math object can be inserted into a Calc document in the same way as into Writer document, but it's not a calculatable object; just an object to design math formatting.

Also, Math's syntax is incompatible with Calc formulas.

Thanks, I thought that might be the case.

It would be nice to have a way of graphically displaying Calc formulas, that would make the input of complex formulas easier.

As a rudimentary tool you may use the multiline-mode in the formula bar. As long as you are writing there, you can even insert line breaks (by Ctrl+Enter). They will be cancelled, however, when the formula is finally entered. Spaces survive.